Research Activities: 2010

 Structural Polyurethane Foam Infill for Fiber Reinforced Polymer Bridge Deck Panels




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Identification Number


Matching Research Agency

Materials Research Center (MRC), Missouri University of Science and Technology


Principal Investigator


Dr. Jeffrey S. Volz, Assistant Professor
331 Butler-Carlton Hall
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Rolla, MO 65409
p 573-341-6280
f 573-341-4729

Student Involvement

One graduate student


Project Objective

The objective of the proposed research is to develop, test, and evaluate fiber-reinforced, polyurethane foams to replace the costly honeycomb construction currently used to manufacture FRP bridge deck panels, thus making them more cost effective and a viable alternative to reinforced concrete.


Project Abstract

The proposed study will involve investigating alternative polyurethane foam formulations as potential candidates to replace the honeycomb construction currently used in FRP bridge deck panels. The purpose of this proposed research will be as a proof-of-concept and to obtain preliminary data for proposals to both federal and state funding agencies including NSF, NCHRP, FHWA, and MoDOT. Results from this research will establish this technique as a viable approach.


Project Deliverables

Test data, formulations, and recommendations for closed-cell, high-density polyurethane foams used as infill for fiber-reinforced bridge deck panels.


Anticipated Benefits

Cost-effective, corrosion-resistant bridge decks




Project Start Date: 10/01/2010
Project End Date:



Relationship to other Research/Projects

This is a standalone project under the advanced materials theme of the Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety (CTIS) National University Transportation Center (NUTC) at Missouri S&T.


Technology Transfer Activities

The technology transfer activities will include a final research report and dissemination of the findings through a national conference via technical presentation(s) and publication(s).


Transportation Research Board Keywords

Advanced Materials, Bridge Decks, Composite Materials, Corrosion Mitigation, Fiber-Reinforced Polymers